100th Day of School

We wanted to start off by saying thank you. We were blown away when our El Tioga email was sent out and the flooding of responses we received of families offering to help out. We are so thankful for the support we receive here at CCS. Truly you all are amazing!

The 100th day of school was a hoot! The kids seemed to have a lot of fun dressing like they were 100 years old and sharing their projects that they had worked so hard on. Each project was so unique. We all enjoyed getting to hear everyone present about what they had created.

100th Day Projects
100 ski runs!

100 Fruit Loops on a necklace made by Ava.


Our combined CARE/CMC field trip was a reminder of what makes our community school special. The kids are enjoying tying in our writing process along with an engaging and service orientated project. We learned a lot of information about our local animal shelter and are excited to extend this learning out into the community. While one group was taking a tour of CARE, the other students had the opportunity to climb at CMC’s new facility. We saw students supporting on another, cheering each other on, and stepping out of comfort zones. What a special and memorable day it was!

Visiting with the guinea pig.

We did it! We successfully produced the biggest, best Hoedown to date.This wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing efforts of our school communities and the community at large. We are small but mighty! Thank you to all who volunteered, attended, donated, sponsored, bid, spread the word….it took a village.

Next week, (2/27) we will be taking off on our next field trip. We will be leaving the school at 8:30am. We will start at Aspen Art Museum with a tour and activities from 10:00-12:00pm. We will have lunch there which Aspen Art Museum will provide for us. The lunch will be roasted turkey and cheddar slider or vegetarian slider on a brioche bun with a side of organic carrot sticks, apples, and a chocolate chip blondie. Then we will leave at 12:00pm and head to Hallam Lake. This is a program with ACE’s where kids will be learning about animal homes and adaptations in the winter. This program also explores the preserve and includes different games and activities to deepen student understanding. They will be outside for this 1.5 hour program and need to dress WARM! Please send your kid with snow pants, a warm hat, gloves, and a winter jacket. If you are planning on volunteering for this field trip, please email us to confirm!

Important Notes:

1st graders math:

We are starting a new unit of study about measurement and fractions. We will be comparing the lengths of objects by measuring them with a variety of units, such as cubes, paper clips, and tiles. We will also work on story problems about comparing lengths, telling time to the hour, and investigate halves and fourths.

Here are some ideas of how you can support your child with math at home…

-Estimating Lengths: Ask your child to help you estimate lengths in practical terms. For example, how many chairs can fit along one side of a table? How many steps does it take to walk from the kitchen to the front door?

-Measuring with Hands and Feet: Have your child choose an object or distance and measure it with his or her hands.

-Cooking and baking in the Kitchen: Have your child help you in the kitchen. Let them become familiar with fractions and different ways to measure!

1st graders literacy:

1st graders are working on the long a vowel team, /ai/ and /ay/.  They are learning to read and spell words with this vowel team like rain, aim, day, and tray.

This week’s Friday folder contains a paper titled Practice Student #2.  This is a middle of year 1st grade text.  By the middle of the year, 1st graders should be able to cold-read a text such as this one at a rate of 27 words per minute.  The end of year goal is 43 words per minute.  I have included this text so you are aware of the level of text we have as a goal.

Please continue to practice the heart words I sent home.  (pink and blue sheets)  As you will see with the practice text, memorizing these words is essential for their reading success.  Thank you for practicing them at home.

As always, students should be reading at least 20 minutes per night.

2nd Graders Literacy:

We did not get to finish our study on the /oo/ sound as in (good) this week. There was a lot going on! There was no Power Reader sent home in Friday folders. Please continue to have your child read to you this weekend with another book and practice spelling heart words.

2nd Graders Math:

The second grade is working hard on learning about place value, how to add and subtract numbers within 100, and how to solve word problems.

Important Dates:

2/28 Big Event Choices
2/27 ACES field trip: Kinder, 1 & 2
2/28 READ IN! Bring a pillow and wear your PJs.  We will cozy up with books!
2/28 1/2 in charge of El Tioga
3/6 Final Day of CARE Pet Supply Drive
3/9 Big Event: Parent Work Night
3/17 & 3/18 Big Event!
3/19 Big Event wrap up and parodies
3/20 – 3/31 Spring Break